"the fans you hear when you're playing a game are spinning up *because* you're playing a game. When in media player mode, they spin right down so are very quiet"
Erm.. do you have a custom job?? Whether it's playing games or playing streamed/disc movies, it's still revving it's knackers off! Although I do agree with you about streaming movies.. unless some act of broadband miracle hits us, there isn't going to be streaming HD films for quite some time... on either sides of the pond.
As for the PS3, it's the same as the XBOX but much quieter, although still quite noisy for a player, but definitely something you can get used to if the volume of the tv is set accordingly (no, not with the added neighbours complaining, it doesn't need to be THAT loud!).
Funny, i have a HD-DVD addon, and it was virtually useless to begin with. Now it's actually got a more functional use as a door-stop. Some people might moan about that, but eally.. what else can you use it for ? Might place a PICO machine in there - ah! That's an idea!
Personally, i think MS should very quickly think about releasing a BR addon. the longer they leave it, the more the press will conclude (wrongly) that the XBOX is old technology - Yes, I have heard quite a few people say such a thing!!